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Immigrants: Detainees

Home Department written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the detention data in Immigration Statistics April to June 2011, table dt.07.q, for what reasons each of the 74 individuals detained for more than 24 months has not been removed from the UK.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The following table sets out the total length of stay in the UK of the 74 individuals detained for more than 24 months referred to in the Immigration Statistics April to June 2011.

Length of time (in years) in the UK based on first application raised Number of individuals
3 7
4 7
5 13
6 5
7 6
8 10
9 7
10 4
11 5
12 3
13 1
14 1
15 1
17 2
18 1
20 1

The following table sets out the reasons why the 74 individuals detained for more than 24 months referred to in the Immigration Statistics April to June 2011 had not been removed from the UK. As the table shows, five of the individuals have now been removed from the UK. This information is taken from internal management information and is subject to change.

Barriers to removal Number of individuals
Travel document 39
Appeals 6
Children issues 1
Country situation 1
Nationality not confirmed 1
Judicial review 15
Awaiting removal: multiple barriers 4
Rule 39(1) 2
Removed 5
(1) This is a request to the European court of human rights (under rule 39) that an applicant should not be removed from the UK.

Of the 74 individuals detained for more than 24 months referred to in the Immigration Statistics April to June 2011, 53 lodged an appeal against their deportation. In addition to this:

29 individuals submitted a judicial review (JR) against unlawful detention. five submitted a JR on HR grounds. five submitted a JR against unlawful detention and on HR grounds.

To determine in which court those of the 74 individuals detained for more than 24 months referred to in the Immigration Statistics April to June 2011 have lodged an appeal against detention or removal would require the examination of individual case files, which would incur a disproportionate cost.

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